Follow cousins on a road trip to Pride as they dive into family secrets and friendships in this contemporary novel—perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli.
As kids, Mark and his cousin Talia spent many happy summers together at the family cottage in Ontario, but a fight between their parents put an end to the annual event. Living on opposite coasts—Mark in Halifax and Talia in Victoria—they haven't seen each other in years. When their grandfather dies unexpectedly, Mark and Talia find themselves reunited at the cottage once again, cleaning it out while the family decides what to do with it.
Mark and Talia are both queer, but they soon realize that's about all they have in common, other than the fact that they'd both prefer to be in Toronto. Talia is desperate to see her high school sweetheart Erin, who's barely been in touch since leaving to spend the summer working at a coffee shop in the Gay Village. Mark, on the other hand, is just looking for some fun, and Toronto Pride seems like the perfect place to find it.
When a series of complications throws everything up in the air, Mark and Talia—with Mark's little sister Paige in tow—decide to hit the road for Toronto. With a bit of luck, and some help from a series of unexpected new friends, they might just make it to the big city and find what they're looking for. That is, if they can figure out how to start seeing things through each other's eyes.
Ryan (Keep This to Yourself) and Stevenson (Pride) put a decidedly queer spin on "summer at the lake" and "road trip" tropes in this satisfying tale of teen cousins. Talia, 18, ends up at the Ontario family cottage with Mark, 17, and his 10-year-old sister Paige following their grandfather's funeral. They are supposed to be cleaning out the cabin, but Mark is distracted by a local bad boy and wishes he could get back to Toronto for the annual Pride festival. Talia wants to make the trip as well, to find out where she stands with Erin, whom she's been dating for the past two years and has recently come out as nonbinary and polyamorous. The discovery of a Ford Mustang in the cottage's shed presents the trio with the means to make the trip, which occurs with various complications. While presenting a variety of LGBTQ concepts, including historical context and cultural change, Ryan and Stevenson give their credibly written teens familiar challenges while Paige delves into a family mystery, offering the story a layer of drama and intrigue. A fun, thought-provoking tale. Ages 13 up. \n